Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott joined NPR News in the spring of 2009 to launch a new blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Frank James.

"The Two-Way" is the place where gives readers breaking news and analysis — and where it engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Memmott came to NPR from USA Today, where for over 20 years he worked as a reporter and editor on subjects ranging from politics and, foreign affairs to economics and the media.

In recent years he helped launch and then led three different news blogs at, including the website's 2008 presidential campaign blog, On Politics.



Wed September 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Developing: Iran Has Released Jailed Americans, State TV Says

A photo released by Iran's state-run Press TV on Feb. 6, 2011, shows U.S. hikers Shane Bauer (left) and Josh Fattal at court in Tehran.
AFP/Getty Images

Two American men jailed as spies in Iran since 2009 have been released, Iran's official Press TV reports.

The news site says it "has learned" that news.

Its report follows word from The Associated Press that attorney Masoud Shafiei said a court has approved a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal for the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Is Another Shutdown Showdown Looming In Washington?

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 1:49 pm

The Capitol building.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Less than two months after nearly shutting down the federal government as they argued over the best way to reduce the budget deficit, there's word that Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are again at odds and that another shutdown showdown is possible.

Politico reports that:

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

What A Bright Idea: 'A Liter Of Light' For The Poor

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:20 pm

That's a bottle of water shining brightly.
A Liter of Light


Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

$2 Million For A Double-Wide Mobile Home? That's Malibu For You

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 9:37 am

Not bad digs. The $2 million double-wide in Malibu.
Malibu Real Estate Blog

The word is spreading about the $2 million — in cash — paid recently for a double-wide mobile home in Malibu, Calif.

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Tue September 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Next Step For Drones May Be 'Automated Killing'

The "future of the American way of war," The Washington Post writes this morning, may be:

"A day when drones hunt, identify and kill the enemy based on calculations made by software, not decisions made by humans. Imagine aerial 'Terminators,' minus beefcake and time travel."

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